IT Services Hungary, a subsidiary of T-Systems, won a HUF 83 million grant from the European Union to provide language training for its employees. The project will provide 120 hours of English or German language training for 100 employees.
Péter Ilosvai, managing director of IT Services, said that 31% of the 2,300 staff of the company speaks one and 69% of them speaks two or more foreign languages. Altogether, IT Services provides services for customers in 18 different languages.
Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, revealed in a 2009 research that 75% of Hungarians do not speak any foreign languages, while two thirds of the EU citizens speak at least one foreign language.
Attila Suhajda, president of the Hungarian Outsourcing Association said that Hungarian companies spend only half the amount of the regional average on employee training and mostly multinational companies offers a wide range of training opportunities for their employees.